Cuda Sets Record

$3.5 Million Offered for Convertible

Larry Jewett - June 17, 2014 12:51 PM


This 1971 Cuda convertible brought the big bucks at Mecum's first Seattle auction.

David Newhardt for Mecum Auctions

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      With Mecum Auctions in town, downtown Seattle was electric. The buzz around the Emerald City was Major League Baseball and major league muscle cars. As the Seattle Mariners battled the Yankees and Rangers next door at SafeCo Field, Mecum Auctions and collector car enthusiasts from around the region converged to the auction block at CenturyLink Field Event Center where automotive history would be made.
      It was Mecum’s inaugural Seattle auction that carved out its place in the history books with the record-setting sale of a 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda Convertible (Lot S95). Hammering at an unprecedented $3.5 million, the sale now stands as the highest price ever achieved at auction for any of the storied muscle cars that came out of Detroit in the Golden Age. The sale price confirms that the 1971 Hemi ’Cuda Convertible truly is the crown jewel of muscle cars. Overall auction results included the successful sale of 321 additional vehicles, bringing total auction sales to $15,125,097.
      Click here to watch the NBCSN coverage of the Hemi Cuda Convertible sale.
“It was evident about an hour into the first auction day that the fine people of Seattle were glad we’d come to town,” described Mecum Auctions' President and Founder Dana Mecum. “The auction arena at CenturyLink Field Event Center quickly filled to capacity, and we had a great first auction. Our consignment docket exceeded expectations in both quantity and quality, and with the record-setting sale of the Hemi ’Cuda Convertible, it instantly put Mecum Seattle on the map. We look forward to returning to the Emerald City next year." 

The complete top 10 sales list for the auction includes (all individual sales reflect hammer prices):
1. 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible (Lot S95) at $3,500,000
2. 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback (Lot S118) at $340,000
3. 1968 Shelby GT500KR Fastback (Lot S125) at $160,000
4. 1958 Buick Limited Convertible (Lot S163) at $150,000
5. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 Hardtop (Lot S106.1) at $150,000
6. 1937 Packard Twelve Victoria Convertible (Lot S208) at $150,000
7. 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (Lot S103) at $143,640
8. 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz (Lot S140.1) at $130,000
9. 1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback (Lot S134.1) at $125,000
10. 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T (Lot S217) at $115,000